Not realizing that death metal focuses on confronting the illusions behind which we hide in a social bubble instead of accepting that life includes death and lies like equality, democracy, and consumerism lead to group suicide, Cambodians expressed outrage that a death metal band borrowed the name of the most notorious Khmer Rouge death camp:
The controversy over an American “Death Metal” band naming themselves after the infamous S-21 prison – where 20,000 Cambodians perished during the Khmer Rouge era – has taken a fresh twist when the band responded to criticism over their co-opting of the Cambodian Genocide, by posting up an image saying “we’re not changing our name” with Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot crudely superimposed into the middle.
As reported before, the band has caused furious anger throughout the Cambodian and Asian community, by using not only the name of the infamous prison but also stolen artwork of Khmer Rouge atrocities by the revered Cambodian painter and peace activist Vann Nath – himself one of the handful of people who emerged alive from the S-21 prison – for their promotional material.
Internet outrage merchants have set up a petition to encourage official whining about this. The band Tuol Sleng is fairly reasonable old school death-doom. Listen for yourselves: